Michael Schumacher

When I saw yesterday, on FB, that Schumacher had another accident, this time skying I was shocked and I hope he will recover as always. I remember when he had the accident in 1999, I was watching the race and I told my mother it was Schumacher’s car before it was announced. He had a broken leg and it took time to recover, but he returned that F1 year.

He had other accidents and he recovered from all. Hopefully he will be back on his feet soon. And, hopefully, on the 3rd Jan, he will be able to hear his birthday wishes as every year.

I remember the first race I’ve seen, in 1998 (28 June, I had to search the exact date). It was a Sunday afternoon and I had nothing else to do, unlikely, but I’m glad it happened.

Only by chance I’ve seen the race that already started. It was amazing, I loved everything, the speed of the race, the cars and the winner: Michael Schumacher. After this race, at Magny Cours, I watched from the beginning the one at Silvertone. Schumacher won again, the race was again very interesting and I found everything exciting.

After that, I watched all the other races, never missed one. I start learning about F1 cars and their engines and brakes and chassis and fuel. It was so interesting. I’ve learned the regulations and the points and some F1 history. I was watching Italian TV for the qualifications on Fridays and, as I understand the language, I watched the following discussions after the laps were over. I’ve read F1 magazines.

I was member in a small Michael Schumacher fan club and I was corresponding with a few other members. I even named my first dog Schumy and that was actually very accurate as he was such a speedy runner.

In 2005, with all the regulation changes, I’ve stopped watching the races. It was unfair to Ferrari and I saw no point in having a set of tyres for the entire race. I felt F1 lacked the sparkle it had a few years before.


This weekend we went to MOSI, the Science Museum in Manchester. After time&money wasted at Thinktank in Birmingham I had very low expectations and the fact that it was free (we were asked for a voluntary donation) made a difference.

After visiting it, I can say the two museums can’t be compared. MOSI is very interesting and huge, as the displays are in 5 different buildings. The coffee shop is nice and the brownies are exquisite.m_01

We had to register our cards here, by taking a picture and select 5 interests. It is funny and everybody enjoys it.

The textile section was the 1st one we’ve visited. We were already familiarized with this machines, we saw them last month at Quarry Bank Mill.

This is the portrait of Charles Machintosh, Scottish chemist that invented the waterproof fabric.

We’ve heard about William Perkin in a TV show on BBC2, Science Britannica. He was the one that invented mauve, the 1st dye, while he was trying to produce quinine.

Thistledown Coat, made by Adrian Bannon. This one is the largest from a series of 17 coats, made between 1990s and 2005.

Another interesting display in the fabric section is this one. The dresses are made only to be displayed, as they are too fragile to wear. The design is made with slices of real fruits.


This machine was making a tornado. It was in the experiment section of the museum. There were very interesting exhibits there. We didn’t have time to play with all, so we’ll have to visit it again.

We went to the special exhibition “Brains – the mind as matter”. I think it’s nice, but not very interesting for me, as I already knew almost everything that was on display.

This pre-victorian building is the oldest railway building in the world.

Cereal box from 60s, same design as today.

Very interesting use of recycled materials.



Engine built by Henry Royce in 1904. This engine was fitted on the 2nd Royce car and shown to Charles Rolls in Manchester on 4 May 1904. This lead to the setting up of Rolls-Royce.


Electric blue, the fastest milk float in the world.


Vegetarian Christmas

This is what we’ve prepared for this year’s Christmas. Hubby had 2 additional dishes with meat, but I didn’t show them here. Hubby insisted on the Romanian dishes, as he likes them. I preferred the other ones, less traditional.

These are blue cheese canapes. The base is shop bought, filled with a mixture of Stilton with soft cheese and double cream. They were exquisite and so easy to make. vc_01

Deviled eggs, made with the usual recipe, mayo and mustard.

Roasted baby plum tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and herbs.


Mushrooms with homemade mayo and picked gherkins.

As I love cheese, it can’t be a Christmas day without a cheese plate: spiced cedar, extra mature cedar, cedar with cramberries, mozzarella, cedar with apricots and feta.

Aubergine rolls, stuffed with mini vegetarian sausages. I wasn’t that impressed with those sausages, it was the 1st time I’ve tried them.

Baked Camembert with homemade red onion and wine chutney.

After the starters we’ve enjoyed a roasted potatoes and garlic soup. Another dish that I’ve tried for the 1st time, but I’m very happy with it. Lovely texture and tastes great.

The next dish is a Romanian classic, dolmades in pickled cabbage leafs. It is served with polenta and sour cream. Usually they are made with mince meat (pork or mixture of pork and beef), but I made them vegetarian, with soy instead of meat.

Grilled halloumi with sweet potatoes chips and baked Brussels sprouts.

Cozonac, a traditional Romanian desert similar to a french fruit loaf.



The sweet bread is made with eggs, milk and sugar. The way I make it is from a family tradition, passed from my great-grandmother to my mother and then to me. A part of the dough is mixed with cacao, unlike the most common recipes. The loaf is filled with walnuts and Turkish delight.

Christmas pudding, shop bought. I was very happy with it. But the cream is homemade, from double cream with a hint of Bailey’s.

Two different types of mince pies. I wanted to make them myself, but as I would have to buy the mincemeat from the store, it was pointless to make them at home. I found the iced ones a little too sweet. Hopefully, next year I’ll have more time to cook and I’ll try my 1st batch of mincepies with homemade mincemeat.

Puff pastry filled with homemade chocolate cream and whipped cream. Lovely and very easy to make.

Fruit cake, very rich and lovely. As it was 3 months matured, I think next year I’ll give it a go and make it myself.